Medical related conversations

I am hoping to be able to use my new language skills in the work place, but common every day phrases can only go so far. I'm working on piecing together the vocabulary I need, but it would be nice (in my opinion) if there were medical/illness related phrases/statements one would say to a health care provider (or patient). Maybe offer it as a "bonus" session like the flirting or idioms? Common ailments or complaints you might need to see a doctor for and responses/questions a health care provider might need to ask.

October 6, 2015


i am not sick

je ne suis pas malade

i am sick

je suis malade

I feel unwell.

Je ne me sens pas bien.

I feel ill.

Je me sens malade.

I have a headache.

J'ai mal à la tête.

I have stomach ache.

J'ai mal au ventre.

Can you give me something for the pain?

Pouvez-vous me donner un analgésique?

I have a temperature.

J'ai de la fièvre.

I feel dizzy.

La tête me tourne.

I have been sick.

Je viens de vomir.

I've been stung by a bee/wasp.

J'ai été piqué(e) par une abeille/guêpe.

She's allergic to...

Elle a une allergie contre...

His thumb is swollen.

Il a la pouce enflée.

I have toothache.

J'ai mal au dents.

It is not serious.

Ce n'est pas grave.

What's the matter?

Qu'est-ce qu'il y a?

Here is a prescription for some tabets.

Voici une ordonnance pour des comprimés.

Take one, three times a day, after each meal.

Prenez un cachet trois fois par jour après chaque repas.

Is this the first time this has happened?

C'est la première fois que ceci vous est arrivé?

I advise you to go to hospital.

Je vous conseille d'aller à l'hôpital.

The chemist's opens at 8am.

La pharmacie ouvre à huit heures.

I would like some plasters, please.

Je voudraisdu sparadrap, s'il vous plaît.

Do you have anything for a cold?

Avez-vous quelque chose contre un rhume?

I need some tissues.

J'ai besoin de mouchoirs en papier.

Can you recommend an insect repellant?

Pouvez-vous me conseiller une crème anti-insecte?

My friend has sunburn.

Mon ami a pris un coup de soleil.

October 6, 2015

Native French speaker

Little correction :

I feel dizzy → J'ai la tête qui tourne.

She's allergic to... → Elle est allergique à...

His thumb is swollen → Son pouce est enflé./Il a le pouce enflé. ("pouce" is masc.)

I have a toothache → J'ai mal aux dents.

October 6, 2015

I would love a bonus session like this as well for Spanish! :)

October 6, 2015

I think it's a great idea. I was a little surprised that the "medical" lesson was mainly the names of body parts (which is obviously very useful as well).

Here's a page that has some more information on what to say if you are feeling unwell:-

October 6, 2015

Great discussion thread, because I had just been doing this with Spanish. Hospital workers and healthcare specialists in the US should know some basic health-related Spanish, and this is why you can find free guides, like this one:

Haven't seen a French one yet though. Some of the links provided have helped me start one of my own. The "just a list" link is fantastic BTW.

October 8, 2015


October 6, 2015

yeah, it would be nice to know those stuff, for medical professions.

October 6, 2015

Not only for medical professionals, but would definitely be a plus for them. If you're traveling and become sick, it's useful to know how to convey that in the native language of the country you're in. Or if one of your friends/kids/relatives traveling with you becomes ill or suddenly (god forbid) has a heart attack or something. Accidents happen and people tend to forget second languages when they're sick. Harder for them to think of the right words when sick or under duress.

October 7, 2015

hi i am an internist too and i am looking for medical terms in french please if u have a good referrnce contact me at

October 7, 2015
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